2016 Nuclear Fusion Reactor Engineering

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Graduate major in Nuclear Engineering
Iio Shunji  Takahashi Minoru  Yano Toyohiko  Akatsuka Hiroshi  Tsutsui Hiroaki 
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Tue1-2(原講571, North No.2, 5F-571)  Fri1-2(原講571, North No.2, 5F-571)  
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Course description and aims

We elucidate the present status and prospects of fusion reactors which are considered to be ultimate energy source. Issues and engineering approaches to plasma confinement schemes for fusion reaction control, first walls, blanket, materials, and engineering concerning fusion reactor design are lectured.

Student learning outcomes

To understand the engineering issues to realize fusion reactors by obtaining knowledge about nuclear fusion reactions, plasmas, cooling, fusion materials, etc.


nuclear fusion, plasma, magnetic confinement, tokamak, helical devices, blanket, neutron irradiation, cooling, fusion materials, super conducting magnet, plasma heating, plasma diagnostics

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Lectured are given by four professors.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Fusion reaction    
Class 2 Fundamental prpperties of plasmas    
Class 3 MHD equations and MHD equilibrium    
Class 4 MHD instabiliites    
Class 5 History of research for magnetic confinement and tokamak devices    
Class 6 Plasma heating and current drive, plasma diagnostics and superconducting magnets    
Class 7 Experimental fusion reactor ITER    
Class 8 Coexistence of cooling and structure materials in intense heat environment    
Class 9 ITER test blanket modules and liquid metal cooling MHD    
Class 10 Current status and issues of fusion materials under severe condition (1)    
Class 11 Current status and issues of fusion materials under severe condition (2)    
Class 12 Design of fusion reactors    
Class 13 Tokamak prototype fusion reactors    
Class 14 Helical type fusion devices    
Class 15 Inertia confinement fusion    


Nothing in particular, but some handouts and/or slide prints are distributed.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Wston M. Stacey,""Fusion"", Wiley Interscience

Assessment criteria and methods

Reports the themes of which are given during lectures.

Related courses

  • NCL.N401 : Basic Nuclear Physics
  • NCL.N403 : Nuclear Materials and Structures

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

None required.

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